University of Tampere


The University of Tampere provides the Virpa D project with research and development expertise in the following areas: user satisfaction assessment and recommendations related to the use with a recommender system, user data analysis, intelligent furniture in an intelligent building and building interfaces.

Tampereen yliopistosta hankkeeseen osallistuvat TAUCHI-tutkimuskeskus (rakennusten käyttöliitymät) ja CIS-tutkimuskeskus (muut aiheet).

The Tampere University units participating in the project are the TAUCHI Research Centre (building interfaces) and the CIS Research Centre (other subjects).

The study of building user interfaces is based on studies carried out on various user interface modalities such as haptic (touch-based) user interfaces. The user interface research in the Virpa D project is led by Professor Markku Turunen.

The project integrates intelligent furniture into an intelligent building, based on the expertise of the University of Tampere gained from the development of the Murmur intelligent furniture. The study of intelligent furniture is led by Researcher Timo Nummenmaa.

A recommender system customised for intelligent buildings will be developed during the project for gathering information about user satisfaction; it will also collect assessments of the various services in the buildings. The recommender system research in the project is led by Associate Professor Kostas Stefanidis.

The analysis of user activity in the project is based on the extraction of sequence data. The extraction of user activities and the University of Tampere part of the project is led by Professor Jyrki Nummenmaa.

Other partners

Argumenta Ltd
Business Finland
Fatman Ltd
Grandlund Ltd
Helvar Ltd
Jelecon Ltd
Lassila & Tikanoja
Mirasys Ltd
Newsec Asset Management Ltd
Sodexo Ltd
Tampere University of Technology (TUT)
The University Properties of Finland Ltd (SYK)
University of Oulu
University of Tampere
University of Turku
Valossa Labs Ltd
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland